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Can/Have there be(en) bullshit or non-sensical philosophical schools or traditions established in academia? [closed]

Taking 'bullshit' as by H. G. Frankfurt, of course. The question is essentially about professionalization and institutionalization in academic philosophy: Is there any example of a philosophical ...
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What are some resources for writing professional philosophical research articles?

I am a philosophy graduate student. I have written several papers, but I've never been able to publish them, and they all got rejected. Therefore, I started to think that my skills were not good ...
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Does submitting in PhilArchive affect submission in journals?

I wanted to submit a paper to PhilArchive (an open-access e-print archive in philosophy). If I want to submit this paper to a journal afterwards, does this prior submission to PhilArchive affect the ...
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What is Husserl's "reductionist method"?

In Ideas, Husserl seems pretty convinced that phenomenology is a new science. He says that phenomenology is a descriptive science, and having read through Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception, ...
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Implicit Models and Probability - are degrees of belief/truth/existence a complete free-for-all?

Or, to put it another way, as long as you model your statements using the grammatical framework of our modern logical idioms, is it appropriate practice to assign a probability to any utterance at all,...
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If calculating the p-value post-hoc is meaningless, why is it reasonable to believe the Grimm's Law (and other laws of historical phonology) is true?

Why is it reasonable to believe that the Grimm's Law is true? How can those things be scientifically investigated?An obvious answer is that we can take an dictionary of native Gothic words and the ...
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What is there to philosophy these days, other than intellectual self-gratification?

Preliminary notes I understand that the title of my question has a provocative note. However it also stems from a genuine question. I come from the standpoint of being a radical agnostic and ...
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How To Distinguish Between Philosophy And Non-Philosophy?

Surely not all thinking or intellectual effort is philosophy, right? Where to draw line between philosophy and all other thinking? What, if any, feature is present only in philosophy?
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How can spirituality be reliably researched? [closed]

My questions are 1 is there a reliable method for research into spiritual activity such as an individual providing healing, or any other service? 2 is there a ‘happy medium’ pardon the pun, that’s ...
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Why do many philosophers state their arguments without using mathematics or formal language?

I am an amateur lover of philosophy and a researcher in physics and computer science. When reading a book of philosophy, I always find it frustrating that philosophers are so polysemous and ambiguous ...
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Term for the dichotomy of blaming a philosophical counter-example on oneself vs. our commonsense

Imagine some philosopher answers a question of the form "What is X?". Then a critic points out that, according to this answer, O is not X, but we clearly consider it to be X. It seems that ...
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How should Feyerabend's "Anything goes" be interpreted?

Paul Feyerabend, in his response to supposed methodologies used in science (falsification, research programs, normal science and paradigm revolutions, etc.) in general and of Imre Lakatos' research ...
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How can I describe the methodology for this paper?

I'm writing a paper on philosophy about the role of spirituality in our lives. I'm using talks and debates between Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris and other debates available on Youtube. How can I ...
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Are there any points that can't be made without thought experiments?

Are all thought experiments simply another way to assert certain claims and examples or does it have inherent epistemological value? Edit: is there any point that can't be made without thought ...
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Can there be a rule of thumb / algorithm to optimize level of generality?

When we define an abstract structure, establish theories or theorems, or build models, etc., we tend to want them to be "general" enough so they can be applied to a variety of situations. ...
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Why do many philosophers attach so much importance to laymen intuition?

For instance, when discussing "what is Justice", one of Rawls's key argument for "justice has to be a universal concept" is that we do not talk about anything that is "just ...
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Validity of different pramāṇas for Hinduism

Which philosophical arguments support claims like The Vedas are the eternal truths of God, or Veda has existed forever and will exist forever? Which pramāṇas – e.g., pratyakșa, anumāna, śabda – ...
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Does Heidegger (or Blanchot?) reflect on the form of the question itself?

I have this notion that Heidegger is the first person to think about the framing of the question as a mode of inquiry. That is, to approach something as a question is to be already decided that a ...
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Where does Aristotle say it's impossible to do philosophy and its methodology simultaneously?

In which of Aristotle's works does he say it's impossible to do philosophy and its methodology simultaneously?
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Do theories come from observations or do they determine what is observed?

While re-reading Shimon Malin’s “Nature Loves to Hide” I was trying to get a better grasp of the distinction between Ernst Mach’s philosophy that theory comes from observable magnitudes alone and what ...
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Is topology of cultural ideas and concepts studied in modern philosophy?

I am going to mumble about couple of things I really don't know and I am going to ask for guidance and further reading material. There is a field of mathematics called topology which studies ...
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Inductive approach and descriptive research

Descriptive research is often said to take a deductive approach and is quantitative in nature. Can it also be inductive when little is know about the topic? Is there not a contradiction then? I am a ...
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When studying philosophy, is there a prioritization of primary or secondary sources/texts?

How do/did philosophers like Zizek, Cornel West, Derrida, Sartre study philosohy? Did they focus on primary sources or secondary? Both at the same time? I am currently reading a primary source and ...
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Reasons to think that metaphysical theories express contingent truths

In a paper I read recently, the author claims that metaphysical theories such as Determinism or Materialism/Physicalism may be regarded as contingent truths. I take Determinism and Materialism/...
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Why should we listen to Michel Foucault if he based his arguments on biased historical claims?

I have only recently heard about philosophical ideas of Michel Foucault from a friend of mine. His claims, those concerning madness for example, sound iconoclastic to me. After looking up some ...
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Why does Quine expand the underdetermination thesis through his global holism?

Quine's application of the problem of underdetermination took the thesis to be a problem not only for physics (as Duhem before him), nor even for the particular sciences, but for any and all theories ...
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What does "speculative" exactly mean in philosophy? [duplicate]

Recently, I read a lot about "Speculative Realism" being the (not that) new kid in town. But what does "speculative" or "speculation" exactly mean in the domain of philosophy? What exactly ...
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Is deconstruction not a method because methodologies are mechanistic?

Deconstruction is a commonly used term in contemporary literary theory as well as philosophy. In Letter to a Japanese Friend, Derrida indicates that Deconstruction is "not a method" and cannot be ...
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Can anyone help me find critical published responses to this paper?

Research and discovery of counterarguments has quite a lot to do with philosophy as a practice, and I'm hoping to improve on my technique and see what others can do. In line with this, I have a ...
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